Research and development at KHS

As a committed, internationally successful company, for us it goes without saying that we gear our activities to the requirements of the future. We aim to meet the demands of tomorrow today. This is why research and development take top priority at KHS. We not only aim to develop future-proof, sustainable products but also to support and strengthen Germany as a research venue with our competence and expertise. To do so we must permanently build up our knowledge base and continuously expand our research network in the long term.

We apply our expertise in all the relevant fields; these include the further development of additive production technologies and the application thereof in feasible business models, for example. We also develop new materials or design on-demand operating assistance systems, for instance. First and foremost, we help our customers to continue to increase the efficient use of resources in production, offering extra help with our future-oriented maintenance models and system control concepts. Furthermore, fruitful cooperation with other experts and scientists is extremely important to us. We cooperate with many university partners of renown as well as with our customers and suppliers when it comes to developing new measurement technology, components or software solutions, for example. With the help of our broad network of external partners we can knowledgeably and sustainably drive new and further technological developments. Many scientific institutions and industrial companies are among our research partners. This makes us technologically fit for the future, allowing us to develop new specialist areas and help small and medium-sized businesses to perfectly realize their potential in the filling and packaging process. 


Examples include various ERDF projects (European Regional Development Fund) by Leitmarktagentur.NRW.


The It's Digitive research project explores how 3D printing-based services can be designed, controlled, secured and protected against manipulation. The prerequisite for cooperative processing of 3D printing-based services is being developed by a project consortium representing the entire future value chain. The focus is on the protection of intellectual property and the development of secure and trustworthy order fulfillment processes. Based on the identified risks and threats involved, appropriate security-related counteractive measures are developed and prototypically implemented as a demonstrator in a service platform for 3D printing-based services.

ResTraSe (Resistant Transparent Sensors).

The aim of the ResTraSe project is to develop transparent materials with outstanding wear resistance in abrasive and chemical media for optical applications.

In the production process KHS inspection systems are exposed to the caustics, acids and lubricants used herein and to high levels of mechanical and thermal stress. This results in a higher effort for maintenance and repair, especially on protective screens and windows in the optical systems. 

The use of innovative and particularly resistant materials is intended to greatly reduce the time and money spent on maintenance and repair and to considerably improve the long-term stability of the optical inspection results.

This joint project is sponsored by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund or ERDF.

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